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Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 07 Apr 2006, 10:18

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The French Disease
By Guy Millière
FrontPageMagazine.com | April 7, 2006

"France: Riots again,” read a Time headline last week. The title could be the same this week. Riots are starting to become a way of life in France, or maybe it's the sign of something more sinister. Last November it was cars, warehouse, and schools in flames. Now it is casseurs randomly smashing in storefront windows and administering random beatings. The world has started to discover that beneath the postcard surfaces of the Eiffel Tower and romantic restaurants, the country of arrogance was very sick. Slums and ghettoes in the banlieus; a racism against Arabs and foreigners that dare not speak its name; Muslim youngsters living a thug's life of radical Islam, violence and drugs; widespread anti-Semitism; high rates of unemployment.

The present riots were a storm ready to blow. Many politicians knew it. They did not try to speak of solutions because they knew there were none. One of them, a member of the government, said to me: "We are on the verge of disaster." It is a symptom of where France now stands, that he asked me not to use his name.



Nothing has changed since the riots of November. No politician is offering real solutions. France is still on the verge of disaster. What did happen during the last few weeks just showed how very close disaster actually is.



Because of next year’s presidential elections will be next year, and because he wanted to that he is presidential, the present French prime minister, the Napoleonic Dominique de Villepin, has decided to create a new contract making it easier for young people to get a first job. This very small step in the direction of the free market and reality was too large a step in a sclerotic ountry like France. For decades, France has been the country of lifetime employment, the country where almost everybody's dream is to become a civil servant, the country where it's forbidden to work more than thirty-five hours a week and where six weeks of vacations a year are mandatory. Little by little, the burden has become too heavy. Books have been published about the day of reckoning when the country would go bankrupt, but nobody paid attention. "If you move, you die," another politician told me. He added: "If you want to be a politician in France, you must not tell the truth. Never." Dominique de Villepin did not tell the truth, but he did move. He is almost dead now. And he is not the only one.



What we are witnessing in fact is the repetition of an old drama. Twenty years ago, the Prime Minister was a man by the name of Jacques Chirac. He tried to make (very tiny) reforms in the university system. Protests and riots followed. Chirac lost all chance of rising to the presidency in the presidential elections two years later, and François Mitterrand, the socialist President, was very easily reelected in 1988. (It was not a surprise; the incumbent’s chief promise was to do nothing.)



Eleven years ago, in 1995, another Prime Minister, Alain Juppé, tried to make very timid reforms in the status of civil servants. Protests. Riots. Strikes. A few weeks later, Juppé was out. Two years later, France had a socialist Prime Minister who promised to do worse than nothing, and who kept his promise. Among many other decisions, Lionel Jospin created a minimum income for all people who were 25 or over. Until then, the French had the "right" to retire at 60. Thanks to Jospin’s minimum income, they can retire at 25.



If he had wanted to be sure to get elected next year, Dominique de Villepin should have made further gestures toward the socialism which has France teetering on the brink. He opted for something else. It was a big mistake. Now the trade unions, leftists, socialists, all the people who are the guardians of French sterility, know he is almost dead, politically speaking. But they want more, much more this time: they want him to commit a political suicide in public. They smell blood; they feel the fight is one to the death and are certain that they want to be the last men standing. They don't care about the future of the country or the future of the young people they send into the streets. They care only of their own future and thus each party in the coalition of chaos follows his own desperate agenda.



Trade unions in France are weak, highly politicized: most of their members work for the French state and they want things to stay this way. What they care for are the benefits of their members, and these they will fight for even if they must kill the country and its future. They are ready to see everything else destroyed. Their leaders know that the benefits of the members are paid by condemning millions of people to poverty, but they know their motto: apres nous le déluge.



Leftists in France are still dreaming about revolution and the destruction of capitalism and they have a point: the polls show that France is the developed country where the distaste for capitalism is the strongest; the only western country where globalization is considered a dangerous development by a majority of the population.



Socialists want to enjoy political power again, as soon as possible, even if they have no ideas. And they have a point too. Almost all the journalists in France are fervent socialists, as the way they describe events shows. Almost all the teachers and university professors are fervent socialists too. And the students who are in the streets now repeat like puppets what they have been told by trade unionists, leftists, professors, journalists, and socialist politicians. They would like to have jobs and rosy prospects. They do not understand those that are inciting them to protest are those who are primarily responsible for their dark and hopeless situation in the first place. They do not understand that the privileges their parents enjoy have a price and that they are the ones who will have to pay the bill. They don't understand that they themselves are the victims of the privileges of their parents. In fact, they understand nothing about the world they live in because they have been brainwashed since primary school into believing that they deserve a job, a nice car, an apartment, a good salary—all of this immediately—and that purpose of government is to provide them with all this.



The people who have taught these students would have been fired as totally incompetent had they been teaching in Poland or in Hungary after the fall of communism: there, it is no longer possible to say with a straight face that you're both an economist and a Marxist. In France, on the other hand, such a claim gives you instant credibility.



Within two or three years, the "leaders of the students" will be leaders of the socialist party: business as usual. Next year, there is a good chance the socialist party will rule again, even if the socialists have no ideas (or maybe because the socialists have no ideas). The people who work directly for Nicolas Sarkozy, the only "hope" of the French conservatives think it's too late, and the chances to see Sarkozy elected in 2007 have been lost now. Sarkozy has trickily started to pull the rug from under Villepin by “dialoguing” with the rioters. So very French of him! Spring vacation is coming soon, and for the French people, vacations are the only thing more sacred than strikes and protests.



A few things are sure. The students who protest indeed have a dark future. They will live in a country that looks more and more like a slowly sinking ship—so slowly that it is able to convince itself that it is merely taking water. Some of these students, the smartest, will leave the ship before it's really too late and they will go to the UK, to Ireland, to Canada, to the US.



The people who come for the riots, who rioted last November and have been fellow travelers this spring, will continue. They have nothing to lose. Whatever happens, they know they will live in the ghettoes and in the slums, they know they are condemned to a thug's life. Even students with a hazardous future have privileges they will never have. They call themselves "scum," and in fact, it's what they are. Even if the don't join directly the ranks of radical Islam, they think the future of France belongs to it: within 20 years, one person out of four in France will be Muslim, and almost certainly poor and angry.



So the French disease progresses. It is chronic becoming terminal. On the way toward collapse, there will be no civil war, just moments of harsh violence. The population will change. People with a high level of productivity will choose exile.



People with a low level of productivity will immigrate. Jews and Christians will leave. Muslims will arrive. The number of barbarians like those who killed Ilan Halimi in February will increase. The French economy will crumble more and more. The legitimacy of the French political system will become thinner year after year: old whites voting for old whites while young dark skinned people organize the rule of the mob in wider and wider districts.



I could say that democracy in France vanished a long time ago: when decisions taken by a legally elected parliament can be wiped away on a regular basis by violence in the streets, you are not in a democracy anymore. No wonder France is a less democratic society every day and a more fearful one.
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Innlegg simon 31 Mai 2006, 12:16

Here we go again !

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- Alt vi trenger er et påskudd for å begynne med alt igjen, sa Joana (15) til AP.
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Innlegg QIQrrr 02 Jan 2010, 06:06

Tradisjonell nyttårsfeiring i Frankrike:

    Reuters, January 1, 2010: Car burnings are regular occurrences in poor suburbs that ring France's big cities, but the arson is especially prevalent during New Year's Eve revelry. The number of vehicles torched was only 10 short of the record 1,147 burned this time last year, even though the Interior Ministry mobilized 45,000 police during the night -- 10,000 more than 12 months ago. It said police detained 549 people overnight, compared with 288 in 2009 New Year celebrations. However, unlike in previous years, there were no direct clashes between police and youths. "The few disturbances that did take place were brought swiftly under control," the ministry said in a statement - Hundreds of cars torched in France at New Year
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Shouting at your wife may get you a criminal record in France

Mail Online, January 6, 2010

Married couples in France could end up with criminal records for insulting each other during arguments.

Under a new law, France is to become the first country in the world to ban 'psychological violence' within marriage.

The law would apply to cohabiting couples and to both men and women.

It would cover men who shout at their wives and women who hurl abuse at their husbands - although it was not clear last night if nagging would be viewed as breaking the law.

The law is expected to cover every kind of insult including repeated rude remarks about a partner's appearance, false allegations of infidelity and threats of physical violence.

Police are being urged to issue a caution in the first instance, but repeat offenders could face a fine, a restraining order or even jail.

Critics said the measure was a gimmick produced in response to lobbying by feminists and would be impossible to implement.

But French premier Francois Fillon, who announced the law, said: 'The creation of this offence will allow us to deal with the most insidious situations - situations that leave no visible scars, but which leave victims torn up inside.'

Many believe the offence will be impossible to prove. Psychologist Anne Giraud said: 'Squabbling couples will allege all kinds of things about each other, but often it will be a case of one person's word against the other.'

Sociologist Pierre Bonnet said: 'The next step will be to make rudeness a criminal offence. The police and courts will be over-stretched trying to deal with numerous cases.'

A spokesman for Mr Fillon said the law was supported by the government, and was likely to be implemented within six months.
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cnet news, January 7, 2010: A report financed by the French government recommends that Google, MSN, Yahoo, and other big advertising companies--as well as Internet service providers--be taxed, with the revenue set to help fund the music and publishing sectors. A spokesman for Google France told French media that instead of calling for taxes, the creative community should look to solve any problems through mutual cooperation. The authors of the report claim that by taxing Google, Facebook, and the other ad companies, it could raise up to the equivalent of $28 million. The Zelnick Report says the tax would kick in anytime an online ad or sponsored link is clicked in France. One of the most controversial items in the report is that it calls for a company to be taxed regardless of where it is based. Le Monde noted that trying to tax companies based outside of France would create all kinds of legal and technical issues. The authors claimed that these could be overcome and that there is no legal issue. "We're not going to wait for the European Union to go along with this Google tax," Zelnick told the left-leaning publication Liberation. "This [tax] is legally and technically feasible to implement without waiting for the agreement of our European partners." The report is very focused on protecting the music industry's content on the Internet, and Zelnick explained why. "The music industry is in the worst situation--worse than the publishing industry," he told Liberation. "They are in great danger. So we must act quickly." The report also throws a lot of the blame for the troubles of the creative community on Google, arguing that the search giant profits from the work produced by content creators and doesn't give anything back. The authors also warned that the French government should keep an eye on whether Google is abusing its dominance over the online-ad industry. In one unusual proposal, the Zelnick Report recommends that the French create music cards partially subsidized by the government that could be used by citizens to buy online music - France could tax Google to subsidize music
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Mail Online, January 8, 2010: Women who wear Islamic veils in public in France face a £700 fine under strict new laws being proposed. The amount could be doubled for Muslim men who force female members of their family to cover their faces. Jean-Francois Cope, president of Nicolas Sarkozy’s ruling UMP Party, said the legislation was intended to protect the ‘dignity’ and ‘security’ of women. He is set to file the draft law in the National Assembly after Mr Sarkozy said veils were ‘not welcome’ because they intimidated non-Muslims. ‘We want a ban in public areas,’ said Mr Cope, making it clear the veil would not be allowed in public buildings, or on the streets of France, home to five million Muslims. He added: ‘The wearing of the burka will be subject to a fine, probably of 750 euros’. The fine would apply to ‘all people on the public street whose face is entirely covered’. Mr Sarkozy has called burkas ‘a sign of subservience that imprison women’, while immigration minister Eric Besson described them as ‘an affront to national identity’ - Women who wear burkas and niqabs on the street in France face fines of £700
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Financial Times, March 1, 2010: More than half of voters in four other major European states back a push by France’s Nicolas Sarkozy to ban women from wearing the burka, according to an opinion poll for the Financial Times. As Mr Sarkozy presses ahead with plans to ban the wearing of the burka in public places, the FT’s latest Harris poll shows the move is not just strongly supported in France, but wins enthusiastic backing in the UK, Italy, Spain and Germany. The poll shows some 70 per cent of respondents in France said they supported plans to forbid the wearing of the garment which covers the female body from head to toe. There was similar sentiment in Spain and Italy, where 65 per cent and 63 per cent respectively favoured a ban. The strength of feeling in the UK and Germany may seem particularly surprising. Britain has a strong liberal tradition that respects an individual’s right to full expression of religious views. But here, some 57 per cent of people still favoured a ban. In Germany, which is also reluctant to clamp down in minority rights, some 50 per cent favoured a ban - Five European states back burka ban
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CNN, July 30, 2010: A video has emerged showing French police evicting African immigrants with babies and children during a housing protest in a Paris suburb. Police arrived in the north-east Parisian suburb of La Courneuve last Wednesday and asked a group of about 60 mostly women and children to move, said Michael Hajdenberg, a journalist with the French media organization Mediapart. The group had been living in the street since being evicted from their council homes on July 8 to make way for a new housing project, he said. When the group failed to respond to the request, Hajdenberg said police officers forcibly removed them. Authorities had offered to accommodate them for a short period in hotels, but Hajdenberg said the immigrants wanted more of a long-term guarantee of places to live. The incident lasted about 30 minutes said Hajdenberg, who added that "there were no serious injuries, mostly cuts and scrapes." The immigrants are mostly from the Ivory Coast, said Michael Hoare, a spokesman for the campaign group Right to Housing. "Most of them have been in France for between 3 to 10 years. Some of them have papers, some of them don't. They have submitted demands to be legalized," Hoare told CNN. Hoare said that on the day of the incident, 21 July, police had evicted journalists from the vicinity but that a member of DAL, a French rights group, had managed to film the scenes. The arrested protesters were released later the same day and have since accepted short-term hotel accommodation, Hoare said - Police filmed dragging women and babies during protest

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Bloomberg, May 11, 2012: Hollande’s rhetoric against wealth and finance is prompting some in France to consider leaving, and European rivals are welcoming them. “Bienvenue a Londres,” or welcome to London, Mayor Boris Johnson quipped in January. Switzerland and Belgium have been just as warm - France Entrepreneurs Flee From Hollande Wealth Rejection
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The Economist, June 23, 2012: After the French Socialists last came to power in 1981, under François Mitterrand, the new government went on a spree of nationalisations, taking over 36 banks and several industrial groups, before quietly abandoning the policy and even reprivatising a few firms. Small wonder that French bosses greeted François Hollande’s election as president with more than a frisson of foreboding. What would the Socialists do this time? - Adieu, la France: France’s new Socialist government is embarking on a series of risky experiments in business
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The Telegraph, July 16, 2012: The latest estate agency figures have shown large numbers of France's most well-heeled families selling up and moving to neighbouring countries. Many are fleeing a proposed new higher tax rate of 75 per cent on all earnings over one million euros (£780,000). The previous top tax bracket of 41 per cent on earnings over 72,000 euros is also set to increase to 45 per cent. Sotheby's Realty, the estate agent arm of the British auction house, said its French offices sold more than 100 properties over 1.7 million euros between April and June this year - a marked increase on the same period in 2011. Alexander Kraft, head of Sotheby's Realty, France, said: "The result of the presidential election has had a real impact on our sales" - France's proposed tax hikes spark 'exodus' of wealthy
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Daily Mail, September 9, 2012: Francois Hollande last night tried to justify his plans for multi-billion-pound tax rises to an increasingly disillusioned France. The Socialist president, whose popularity has slumped, appeared on live television to convince the public his policies could help turn the country’s economy around. [...] Mr Hollande has increasingly fallen out of favour with the public since he took office in May. His popularity dropped by 22 per cent in just four months, with many claiming he is out of his depth - Embattled Hollande defends his 75% tax rate to a disillusioned France

France 24, September 10, 2012: A move by France's richest man, Bernard Arnault, to seek Belgian citizenship has caused outrage in his home country. Daily newspaper Libération ordered him to "Get Lost you Rich Idiot" in Monday’s front page, as politicians lined up to lambast him - 'Get lost you rich idiot', France's wealthiest man told

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France 24, September 23, 2012: French President François Hollande’s approval rating has slumped by one of the biggest margins in recent times, according to a poll published on Sunday, confirming voter impatience at high unemployment and the rising cost of living. An IFOP survey for the weekly Journal du Dimanche (JDD) had the Socialist president, elected in May 2012, down 11 points in one month with an approval rating of 43%. It is one of the worst popularity plunges for a French leader since IFOP began polling for the JDD in 1958 - Hollande's popularity slides as economy wanes
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The Telegraph, November 6, 2012: French president François Hollande has bowed to massive pressure for business tax cuts to pull France’s economy out of slump and stave off industrial decline, ditching a core element of his socialist platform. [...] Critics call it the most humiliating U-turn in French politics since François Mitterrand abandoned his disastrous experiment of "Socialism in one country" under a D-Mark currency peg in 1983 - Francois Hollande lurches Right in historic U-Turn to save French economy
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